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PgC / PgD / MSc Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Oncology)

PgC / PgD / MSc Advanced Veterinary Nursing (Oncology)

Different course options

Study mode

Part time


2 years

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Cancer Nursing Veterinary Nursing Veterinary Medicine

Course type


Course Summary

With advancing diagnostics and treatments developing in this field, this certificate will allow nurses to advance their skills and understanding when nursing and providing palliative management for patients undergoing treatment for neoplasia.

It will allow nurses to also develop their skills and attributes to enable them to become reflective practitioners refining communication skills to deliver compassionate owner support.

The development of the new RCVS post-registration framework has allowed for the creation of accessible, flexible and focused areas of study, allowing veterinary nurses to further their academic skills alongside their professional skills.

This course is accredited by the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons (RCVS).

Teaching and learning

Delivery will be by a combination of distance learning and optional study days where guest speakers, seminars and practical classes support the modules. A range of distance learning methods will be used, including study notes, e-mail and Harper Adams’ interactive virtual learning environment ‘The Learning Hub’. Access to a computer and broadband internet is essential.

Modules will be assessed by a range of methods, including assignments end of module examination, and practical exams. Support in assessment skills is available for those who have not sat an examination recently.


As expectations of therapies for neoplasia increase in the human field, this is reflected in owner expectations for their pets. A wide range of treatments used in human oncology are now being considered in the veterinary context. This has resulted in a wider range of choices of treatments for veterinary surgeons and owners, increasing the need for owner support during the decision-making and treatment process. Animals with neoplastic lesions will suffer from a wide range of symptoms and may be particularly vulnerable to infection; nursing care is a critical part of treatment success. Thus increasing technical knowledge and practical skills are required in veterinary nurses? specialising in this area.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK students

Full time fee is £11,640 per year, and it's a guide for part-time students. Part-time fees are pro rata of full-time equivalent cost (based on the number of credits).

International fees
Course fees for EU and international students

Full time fee is £14,160 per year, and it's a guide for part-time students. Part-time fees are pro rata of full-time equivalent cost (based on the number of credits).

Entry requirements

You must be a Registered Veterinary Nurse. Typically, applicants with a registerable qualification from a Further Education background will enrol on the Graduate Certificate. Typically, applicants with a Higher Education (degree) background will enrol on the Postgraduate Certificate. The most appropriate qualification for individual applicants will be considered depending on their individual profile. You will also need time, energy and commitment.

University information

Harper Adams University has been providing world-leading, specialist education in the fields of agriculture, farming, and animal science for 120 years. It is now the UK’s market leader, by share of volume of students, for postgraduate degrees in agricultural and veterinary subjects (HESA, 2018). The university offers master’s programmes developed in conjunction with industry, across a range of topics related to agricultural production,...more